Gnarkats – Something to Say

July 8th, 2017 by

Belfast quartet Gnarkats are something of a beacon of hope amongst an increasingly over-saturated wave of new alt-rock outfits. Having been around the block for the past few years, the outfit bring to minds the likes of Pavement, whilst remaining staunch purveyors of their own brand of fuzz-soaked noise. Listen to new offering ‘Something to Say’, below, […]


The State Film Forecast: July 2017

July 7th, 2017 by

As Simon and Garfunkel once sang, ‘July, she will fly,’ and there are numerous reasons to keep watching the skies this month – if, by ‘the skies’, you mean the light projected onto a cinema screen in an otherwise unlit room. Along with aerially-inclined superheroes, hotshot Air Force pilots, and Voyagers travelling across the universe, some cool, […]


OKNOTOK – 20 Years of OK Computer

July 3rd, 2017 by

“The science fiction of the next five minutes” was an idea popularised by the author JG Ballard in the 1960s and 1970s when he came out with such works as Crash, Concrete Island, and High Rise. A forefather of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, Ballard was fascinated by how humans cope with extreme change, specifically the […]


Floating Ballroom

July 3rd, 2017 by

Joe Geaney, aka Tipperary’s Floating Ballroom, is a name you’ll likely be hearing much of in the coming months. With a sound rooted firmly in the atmospherics of Cologne-style ambient electronica, but bearing the hallmarks of the Detroit / Berlin futuristic motorik style, this emerging Irish producer may only be beginning to pick up pace, […]



Sleaford Mods…”you don’t have to walk around being a billboard”

June 26th, 2017 by

Sleaford Mods are not your average band. In fact, they’re not even a band, technically. Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn have gained notoriety by exploding any and all assumptions you could make of them from either their name, appearance or past. Two white, relatively middle-class men touching middle age whose music comes from deep within […]


Robert Curgenven @ Cork Midsummer Festival

June 22nd, 2017 by

The Cork Midsummer Festival has been a staple of the city’s art scene for the past decade. Though primarily focused on theatre and literary events, the festival often throws up some musical surprises. This year the undoubted musical highlight of the festival looks to be the new piece by Australian sound artist and Cork resident […]


Ride – Weather Diaries

June 20th, 2017 by

Michael Lanigan traces the return of indie legends Ride, via Weather Diaries, their first full length album in over twenty years. Reunion albums rarely deserve the same scepticism as reunion tours. They are not cash-grabs, unless the artist in question has no concept of how to actually grab cash. In most cases, the artist deserves brownie points of […]


State Mix: Cian Ó Cíobháin’s ‘A Fine Summer At Last’

June 19th, 2017 by

It is surely the completion of this, our fourth summer mix tape from Cian Ó Cíobháin, that heralded in the weather we’re having – Ireland as a Riviera paradise full of summer dresses, boys in their shorts and 99s. Wrap this annual treat around these long, warm sunny days. Play it from cars and apartments. Take it […]


Arcade Fire

June 17th, 2017 by

Arcade Fire – Ormeau Park, Belfast – by Joseph Nawaz There was a rumour going around last Tuesday afternoon that a certain Ian Brown was in Belfast city centre handing out free Stone Roses tickets to anybody who’d take them. Like all the best rumours, there’s zero evidence to back this up (although King Monkey […]


Rory Nellis – All I Ever Wanted Was A Chance

June 16th, 2017 by

We’ve featured the delightfully husky tones of Belfast singer-songwriter Rory Nellis before, and with latest single ‘All I Ever Wanted Was A Chance’, it’s easy to see why (or hear, really). Taken from his forthcoming album There Are Enough Songs In The World, the track marks a considerable progression from the introspective acoustic balladry Nellis has honed […]


Group Zero – ‘Pyramid of Light / Love and The Present’

June 15th, 2017 by

Having released the exquisite Structures and Light as Group Zero just a few months back, Cathal Cully (Girls Names) has followed up the heady electronic collection with a brand new video reflecting ‘Pyramid of Light’ & ‘Love and The Present’, two of the album’s more serene pieces. It’s directed by Dublin-based visual artist Dorje De Burgh, who says “The visual […]


Austra’s Katie Stelmanis…“I never really intended to talk about politics with a capital “P”

June 14th, 2017 by

“At first it was in some ways almost frustrating,” Austra’s Katie Stelmanis tells me over the phone, talking about her accidental role as a political voice.  On latest album Future Politics, Stelmanis plays the character Revolutionary Rhonda, who works against the album’s dystopian universe – a scenario that became more relevant by the time of its release […]


Forbidden Fruit – Monday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 9th, 2017 by

It’s a tale as old as time, presuming that revellers existed back at the dawn of civilisation. If so, did inclement weather dampen their spirits, thus providing the first arts journalists the chance to mould and shape cringe-worthy headlines? This admittedly tortured intro exists to underline the unfortunate fact that the vast majority of festivals […]